Bonn Bomb Was ‘As Big as Madrid Bombs’

The Local (Germany), December 12, 2012

Police on Wednesday released two Islamists suspected of planting a bomb at Bonn’s train station. But they also published a photo-fit image of a man seen near the explosive device, said to be as big as one that devastated Madrid in 2004.

Authorities first sought two men from Bonn’s militant Islamist scene, who had previously been classified as “dangerous.”

Omar D. and Abdirazak B. were arrested on Tuesday afternoon, security forces in Berlin confirmed, but have since been released.

Somali-born Salafist Muslim Omar D., had been taken into custody at Cologne/Bonn airport in 2008 on suspicion of engaging in terrorist activities. Omar D.’s lawyer Mutlu Günal also confirmed the arrests, but refused to comment further.

The police investigation came after a sports bag was found on Platform 1 of Bonn’s central station on Monday. Der Spiegel magazine reported that it contained four canisters of butane gas, ammonium nitrate, a metal pipe, and an alarm clock with batteries, though there appears to have been no detonator.

The area was sealed and the device was destroyed with a water cannon—which may have broken the detonator into “countless pieces,” prosecutors said.

But authorities said that if the explosive had been detonated, it could have had a similar effect to the 2004 al-Qaida bombing in Madrid, which killed 191 people.

“It was an extremely dangerous explosive device,” state prosecutor Rainer Griesbaum said on Wednesday.

Yet it remains unclear whether the crime was politically or criminally motivated. “In one word—everything is open,” Griesbaum said. Investigators believe that the bomb was not meant to be left in the railway station, but perhaps deposited on a train.

Police said they are continuing their investigations, and are searching for a 30-35-year-old dark-skinned man with a slim build and around 1.90 metres tall, who was seen leaving the bag by a 14-year-old boy. The suspect was reportedly wearing a black hat, black boots, and a brown and grey jacket.

CCTV footage taken from a McDonalds restaurant near the station appears to show the bag being carried by a white man before being taken away by a black man. Investigators are unsure whether this was an intended “drop” or a theft.

Topics: , ,

Share This

We welcome comments that add information or perspective, and we encourage polite debate. If you log in with a social media account, your comment should appear immediately. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you may comment as a guest, using a name and an e-mail address of convenience. Your comment will be moderated.
  • David Ashton

    Western governments must grasp the nettle.

  • seb

    What the heck is an “Islamist”? Can’t you just say “Muslim” or “Orthodox Muslim”?

    I hate it when Amren editors use Approved Orwellian Newthink terms.

    • OlderWoman

      You read into it. Amren did not use that term. It was part of the original article.

    • AngryWhiteMan

      An Islamist is someone who wants to live under Sharia law. Not all Muslims do.

    • StillModerated

      I prefer the term used 40 years ago when I was a mere whippersnapper: mohammedan.

  • French reader

    “the bag being carried by a white man before being taken away by a black man. Investigators are unsure whether this was an intended “drop” or a theft.”

    God works in mysterious ways…

    • ATBOTL

      Are they saying a terrorist got mugged by some black guy who ditched the bag that turned out to be a bomb?

      • Brian

        Stranger things happen. One of my former workmates was a former gang member.

        He and his friends one night were preparing to do an armed robbery, they’d stolen a car, they had a rifle and ammunition, and were psyching themselves up in an alleyway with Drink and Dope to storm a Bank building.
        Suddenly their [stolen] vehicle was surrounded by another pack of Blacks, who demanded they get out of the Car, which they wanted to steal off them. They ended up having to point their firearm at them to drive them off.
        After that, they couldn’t make themselves go through with their planned armed robbery. They’d prepared to do a robbery and were nearly carjacked themselves in the process.

        • Tim

          A lifetime ago my boss told how he was AWOL from the Navy and planning to rob a motel. He had an old but huge Webley .455 revolver. To psych himself up and test the weapon he pointed it toward a dairy cow in a distant field and pulled the trigger. The cow fell over dead as if struck by lightning. He drove off and threw the pistol in the nearest stream before turning himself in the next day. Twenty years on he felt remorse about the cow, but felt it was the cows life for his…

  • IstvanIN

    Bonn and Madrid, the Muslim capitals of northern Europe and Iberia, respectively.

    • Greg Thomas

      Yes…history is repeating itself before our very eyes.

  • KenelmDigby

    The muzzies are making a big mistake, methinks.
    Just look at waht happened to the lastgroups of people who ‘dicked about’ with the Germans.

  • bigone4u

    Thank God blacks don’t have the resources, mental and otherwise, to build bombs. The USA would be in chaos if they did.

    • Flytrap

      I remember in the ’90′s here in MA, a man was arrested for threatening his girlfriend with a “bomb” similar to OK City, you know, fertilizer and racing fuel. His was very similar, cow manure and diesel in a bucket or something. Needless to say, he was dark and all he had was a mess.

  • StillModerated

    Somali-born Salafist Muslim Omar D. Well,well, well, Put a bantu on the job and he’ll screw it up by forgetting the detonator. What a choad! Next time get a lighter-skinned mohammedan to commit the crime.